Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren admits there’s ‘more uncertainty’ about Boston’s path moving forward
The Boston Celtics had arguably the most disappointing campaign in the 2018-19 season. Their second round exit against the Milwaukee Bucks – and the way they were man-handled in the series – all the more supported that argument.
With the impending free agency of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and some other key important pieces and the Anthony Davis sweepstakes set to commence once the 2019 NBA Finals are over, there is still a cloud of uncertainty hovering over Beantown. In fact, Celtics GM Mike Zarren admitted that there is more uncertainty about the path they are about to take moving forward, per Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.
“Given the state of our roster and the draft assets we have now and going forward, nearly any kind of transaction is in play. To trade for players around the league, to move up or down in the draft, for future picks, to use our picks,” Zarren said. “We’ve got a lot of flexibility this summer, but also a lot of big decisions to make. So the next two months are going to be very, very busy.”
“I think there’s just more uncertainty about the path moving forward,” Zarren said. “There’s a lot of different ways the summer could go. And that’s our job, over the next bunch of weeks, is to figure out what the best path is from here.
“I think it’s safe to say that everyone wishes we’d done better. We’ve only got one goal in Boston and everybody knows what that is, and we didn’t achieve it this year. So we’ve got to work hard to get there.”
The 2017-18 Celtics were on the cusp of a Finals appearance – falling just one game short – even if they were without All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. With Irving and Hayward returning to their impressive young core featuring Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, etc., Boston seemed destined to take the next step and take their dance at the NBA Finals with the departure of LeBron James in the East.
However, season-long chemistry issues and dealing with egos derailed any of those expectations for a loaded Celtics squad in 2018-19.
Given Boston’s position right now and the million ways they could go next season, Celtics fans will just have to hope that whatever Danny Ainge does this off-season will eventually lead them to the promised land down the road.